In your personal life, you probably don’t doubt that your physical environment affects your mood. Just think about how a messy house can get you down or a walk in a pretty natural landscape can calm you. In life, we routinely change location in order to influence our moods.
Why wouldn’t the same be true of your office? Think about things in this light and you can probably see that your drab surroundings aren’t doing anything for your team’s happiness, creativity, or productivity, but then you put your sensible business owner hat back on and start counting up the costs of a remodel.
Is souping up your office really worth the outlay it takes to create a warm, inviting space that inspires your employees and impresses your visitors? That very much depends on the approach you take to your office overhaul. It’s entirely impossible to pimp your workspace without spending a fortune, according to a slew of experts. Here are some of their best tips.
1. Invest in air freshener
When you’re fixing up your office it’s natural to obsess about how things look, but don’t neglect another important sense–changing how your office smells can also make it a much nicer place to be at basically no cost.
“In Japan the Takasago Corporation carried out research into how smells affect the accuracy of typists. It found 54% made fewer errors when they could smell lemon, 33% fewer with jasmine, and 20% fewer with lavender,” reports Jon Card in the UK Guardian newspaper. “So perhaps what businesses need most of all is an improved air freshener?”
2. Accent with the personal or quirky
The best office spaces aren’t just functional, clean, and not ugly; they also capture something of the spirit of the company. So make sure that once you have the bare bones of your design in place, you also splash out on a couple of quirky touches. They need not be expensive. A feature wall with your company logo is one place to start, or “mix in some vintage touches, a kitschy accessory, an antique, or something handmade,” suggests Kentin Waits on blog WiseBread.
“I’ve seen doors made into coffee tables, milk-bottle crates converted into lights for a milk company–I’ve seen some amazing things, cheaper than buying a piece of art, that reinforce not only a brand but also its green credentials,” Chris Booth, managing director at leading UK office design specialist Overbury, told Forbes. The Chief Happiness Officer blog has also rounded up lots of cool suggestions.
3. Trade in your corporate art
For the love of all that’s holy, please, please don’t subject your people to soul-destroying posters of eagles and inspirational phrases! There are many, many better alternatives that won’t break your budget.
“Search online and download a digital photo with the appropriate Creative Commons license. Make it your own by cropping, zooming, or adding custom effects,” says Waits, or “enlarge and print a favorite poem, quote, or excerpt from a book. Matted and framed, it can become an unexpected and unique art piece.” Just don’t skimp on size–at least one or two truly big pieces will anchor your office, he advises.
4. An alternative to the whiteboard
Looking for an even larger decorative touch to give your space a distinctive character? Waits has another idea. “We’ve all seen chalkboard spray paint used in kitchens and kids’ rooms, but what about your office? A chalkboard is a quick way to take a note while you’re on the phone and it’s more stylish than a startlingly white whiteboard,” he suggests.
5. Opt for the Amazon desk
Even companies with vast budgets can come up with thoughtful ways to economize on office design (that you can steal). Just ask Amazon. “That’s right, a company worth billions understands that frugality is smart in good times and bad. They do it by taking a solid-core wooden door with no pre-drilled holes and attaching pillars as legs. You can do the same thing in your home office, using any large, workable surface,” reports Suzanne Kearns on Money Crashers.
6. Do you really need that reception area?
“Doing away with reception areas is a trend we’re increasingly seeing,” notes Booth. “If you’ve got clients coming in all the time, maybe you need one; if not, is it essential?”
Pondering ditching your reception area but nagged by worries that clients might feel lost at sea when they step into the office? Maybe the answer is right under your feet. One company that Isabelle Glinka, principal of LUX Design, worked with “needed a way to guide their clients through the space since they did not have a receptionist. We put their branded bubbles on the ground, some in blue, some in green. The different colors lead to different rooms, making it very easy for them to explain to the client where to go.” The cheap and colorful floor markers also personalized and brightened up the space.
7. Be a neat-nick
Not to sound like your mom, but cleaning up costs nothing and radically improves the look of your office. “It’s amazing how quickly a neat and tidy office can turn into hurricane zone,” says Paul Kelly, head of marketing at design firm Morgan Lovell. “We have a ‘no eating at desks’ policy, which keeps rubbish in its proper place as well as crumbs off the floor. We also recommend that you ban bins at desks to avoid the inevitable pile up of rubbish at workstations. It also encourages recycling,” he says.
Also, don’t forget that tangle of cords. “Is your computer area turning into a dusty and tangled nest of cables, cords, wires, and plugs?” asks Waits. “If so, it’s time to get organized. Label each with plastic bread bag tags, wrap with Velcro strips, and run cords along the backside of a desk using eye hooks or clips. Or explore other methods to control the web of wires.”
8. Bring in the great outdoors
Any glimpse of nature has been shown to boost creativity, so make sure you incorporate some way for your team to connect with the great outdoors. “Get a live plant that will survive and look great, or if you know you’ll kill it, arrange your desk to look outside. You’ll love to see something green and alive right there at work and it will make that creative thinking view so much nicer,” Curbly advises. Even using natural materials like unpainted wood can help on this front.
9. Renovation as a money spinner?
You expect changing up your office to cost you money, but here’s a radical idea. If you end up having a few desks to spare, improving–and then renting out–some of your space can actually make you money.
“All too often we waste space, not really using every spare foot to its maximum capacity. If you have an office, the chances are you have lots of extra room, even if you don’t realize it yet. Take a step back and ask yourself: How full is my office, really?” suggests Tom Reynolds on the Bplans blog. Suddenly that office upgrade might even be able to pay for itself. Check out the post for more details on how to do this.
Whether you’re unhappy with your current workbench or are looking for something entirely new, a DIY workbench can provide the perfect opportunity to utilize unused space in your garage. Crafting something with one’s own hands is also a wonderful way to counteract anxiety and stress. Listed below are ten of the sweetest workbenches you can build yourself.
The Two-Hour Workbench
This workbench from Family Handyman can be built in an afternoon and has the functionality required to get most tasks done. The best thing is about this workbench is it’ll only set you back by approximately $50.00. For detailed instructions read How to Build a DIY Wood Workbench: Super Simple $50 Bench.
The Collapsible Workbench
Need a little more flexibility in your workbench? Fear not, another great workbench idea from Family Handyman utilizes hinges to create an ideal workbench that is not only sizeable, but also mobile. As a bonus it folds up quite small, seven-inches-thick small, to be exact. Read Saturday Morning Workshop: Folding Mobile Workbench for more information on how to build this versatile piece.
The Salvaged-Materials Workbench
What better way to care for the planet than to repurpose old items and turn them into new items? We can’t think of one! This workbench features an old wooden door that was repurposed to become a working surface. Check it out: How to Build a Sturdy Workbench Inexpensively.
The Alternative-Desk Workbench
This workbench can be used in more areas of your home than just the garage. It’s storage space and casters make it a great addition to any home office as well. For more on how to build this piece, click Simple Workbench for details and instructions.
The 12’ x 5.5’ Workbench
If you really want a large workbench, then the beast below might be for you. It certainly requires ample space to have a workbench this large, but it also provides plenty of storage as well. You could also install pegboard alongside it if you desire to create even more storage. Instructions are available by clicking How To Design And Build The Perfect Workbench.
The Sawhorse Workbench
This workbench from DIY Network, titled How to Make a Space-Saving Sawhorse Worktable, shows you how to create a super simple and collapsible workbench. If you can find and repurpose used sawhorses, even better!
The Upcycled-Pallet Workbench
To build this workbench you’ll need little more than a broken down pallet and a few 2x4s. This project is a great way to use wood that might otherwise end up in the trash; your pallet doesn’t have to be beautiful, it just needs to be useable. This short YouTube video will show you the way: Making a workbench from recycled pallet and 2×4s.
The Fold-Away Workbench
If you’re extremely limited on space or you use your garage primarily for parking cars, for example, this workbench is for you. A fold-away workbench takes up very little to no space and is accessible when you need it. In this video (complete with a supply list), DIY Fold Down Workbench, DIY Creators show you how easy it is to create a workbench. This multipurpose work area not only looks great but also has hidden storage compartments.
The Flip-Top Workbench
Why settle for one working surface when you can have two? With this amazingly genius workbench you can have just that. This handy-dandy work area also includes casters and wedge locks making it mobile or fixed when necessary. Read How to Build a Space-Saving Flip-Top Workbench for instructions.
The High-Capacity, Multipurpose Workbench of Your Dreams
Serious work calls for a seriously awesome workbench. If you want your workbench to have all the bells, whistles, and then some—this workbench is definitely the one for you. A four-part series covers everything you need to know to build this monster of a tool in your own garage. It is loaded with features and you can download the plans for this workbench if desired. To get started, watch the video titled High Capacity Multi-Function Workbench Build / Part 1.
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The service from Metirium has been brilliant from start to finish. From the initial design consultation down to the final installation they worked with us on our vision for a clean, minimal, spacious look for our brand new office space. They matched all the metal in the table legs and drawer handles to the colour of the window frames, making the bespoke feeling of the office complete. They worked to our incredibly tight fit out timings all with a smile. We would highly recommend Metirium for a complete design and fit out service.
Caroline Thorp, work with seven
A space that is modern, open and creates a great atmosphere
We wanted to make sure we had the kind of workspace that people genuinely want to come to every day. Our work means we have people of different ages and backgrounds, so the environment needs to be welcoming and pleasant for all. Metirium took all that on board and created a space that is modern, open and creates a great atmosphere.
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Metirium made our job as a customer easy
Our business is technology and automation – so we’re not an easy customer, in that we don’t have expertise with workspace design and outfitting. Metirium made our job as a customer easy, by understanding our growth plans, our needs for multipurpose spaces and getting a feel for how Novotek presents itself in other locations. They gave us a design concept that fit the firm’s branding, and that will let us grow into the space without needing to think about redesign as we add new staff and new equipment.
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You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to know the names of tech titans like Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman. Throw in Jack Dorsey, David Sacks, Max Levchin, and Vinod Khosla. They’re the last six leaders Keith Rabois has reported to during his Silicon Valley career. What’s most interesting about Keith isn’t who he’s worked for, but rather how he’s doubled down on his extraordinary talents to sustain incredible success over a long period of time.
How has a classically trained litigator helped build five startups that became publicly traded companies whose market caps are greater than $1 billion? How has he pivoted successfully into so many different roles? How has he been able to be relevant for so long? I asked Keith if he’d be kind enough to share his secrets? “Happy to help,” he graciously replied.
Listen to the full interview with Keith Rabois here:
I met Keith at Khosla Ventures where he currently works which is down the road from Stanford. As I entered a conference room I noticed the oak table was purposely narrow on one end, which would have been more personable if someone was sitting was across from you. “The table went through 27 iterations to get that exact feel. The yard (visible through the window) was designed for reflective thinking. We think our office speaks to our values,” Keith explained.
Keith grew up in New Jersey as a Yankees fan. His mother was a teacher who later went into sales and his father was a classically trained CPA. Keith was a self-proclaimed history buff and political nerd. In 1987, he moved to Palo Alto to attend Stanford for his undergrad, and he eventually sold his baseball card collection to help pay his legal tuition at Harvard. Although Keith was interested in CS in high school and he had an Apple II growing up, he didn’t take the leap into technology until he was 30.
Keith originally met Peter Thiel at Stanford while Peter was delivering the campus newspaper. Peter went on to co-found PayPal where Keith joined him in 2000.
“At PayPal we were always on the brink of failure, it was a rollercoaster ride. We had a dependency on eBay and they didn’t like us, 70-90% of our users came from them,” Keith explained.
PayPal had no shortage of legal and regulatory risk as they were disrupting the payment space. Keith’s experience was at the intersection of law and business which was very rare. “I assumed a lot of responsibility and I was able to help in much of the decision making process with my legal background. We didn’t have to rely on general counsel or big black box law firms,” Keith said.
In 2002, shortly after their IPO, PayPal was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion. Keith later led teams at LinkedIn as VP of Business & Corporate Development and he was COO at Square. I was interested to learn how he was able to transition into such different roles.
“The key thing to develop over time is, what are you going to be incredibly awesome at? There’s a great quote I discovered reading a Pat Riley book 20 years ago where he’s quoting Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead. He says ‘you don’t want to be the best at what you do, you want to be the only one who does what you do.’ You want to develop strengths that are unique or world-class over time that become your competitive advantage and you want double down on those as much as possible and find companies and role that leverage them to your maximum potential,” Keith explained.
Keith’s best strength by far was the ability to find undiscovered talent. Startups need to find undiscovered talent because Google and Facebook are going to throw money at the best candidates. He compares it to sports, where teams draft college athletes with limited data and attempt to project their performance over the next seven to 10 years. Since there’s little to no track record companies like Facebook wouldn’t have a competitive advantage.
“I was a magnet for undiscovered talent. I could very accurately figure out who at PayPal was under-leveraged,” he asserted.
Keith has learned an incredible amount from the leaders he’s reported to. Some of the common characteristics include having a high IQ and incredible work ethic. “Vinod (Khosla) always says that ‘the team you build is the company you build.’ It boils down to density of talent which is why PayPal was so successful,” Keith explained.
Keith spends much of his time investing in startups at Khosla Ventures. The no. 1 criteria he looks for when he invests in an entrepreneur is “the ability to relentlessly tackle a problem.” “I want to hear that they’re going to get from point A to point B and that there’s going to be absolutely nothing that will stop them,” he said. Keith believes that if you probe into challenges they’ve had in their personal or professional lives they’ll share examples that you can’t miss.
To use a baseball analogy, Keith has hit a lot of home runs in his career. When I asked him how he’s been able to stay relevant, he laughed as if I was referencing his age. I pointed out how Derek Jeter of his beloved Yankees had also been at the top of his game for decades.
“I focus on spending time with up and coming talent to see what they’re interested in and how I can help them. Most of the people I grew up with at PayPal aren’t working anymore so I have to find a new network of talent,” Keith expressed.
What struck me most about my conversation with Keith about why he’s been so successful was how incredibly hard he works. The qualities he looks for in a founder is a reflection of the work ethic and resourcefulness instilled within himself. I felt like a founder sitting in his office who’d been given a shot of inspiration when Keith shared his definition of what it means to be a professional.
“Doing whatever heroic effort is required to make things a certain quality standard — and nothing can get in the way of that.”
Banks is a sustainable interior design expert who helps homeowners create a home that is friendly to both their wallet and the environment. She believes that homes should be designed with nature in mind, and takes pride in bringing her beliefs and knowledge to designers and homeowners alike.
Whether you work at home full-time or just use your home office as a place to sit back with a cup of coffee and check Facebook, it’s important to have a spot in your home to relax and get work done. But when we think of home offices, we tend to imagine oversized desks, dark bookshelves, and drab walls.
However, today’s home office is bright, cheery, and highly functional. Throw your ideas about this important room out the window and get ready to improve your work environment.
Here are five of our favorite easy and affordable ways to transform your space and make your home office awesome.
Clean, Organized Space
Start with a clean slate. After all, it’s impossible to evaluate the space you’re working with if it’s cluttered.
Purge your office of unnecessary supplies and old files. Box and store anything that you may need down the road (tax records, for example). Donate or throw away anything else that you haven’t used within the past year.
Remove everything from your desktop and start building your space back up with the absolute necessities, such as your computer, a lamp, and a writing station. While we all love a nice paperweight, if you don’t use it often, then it needs to go.
Invest in drawer organizers to keep writing utensils, clips, notes, and other supplies neat and tidy. Consider buying or purchasing a separate shelf next to your desk to hold your printer and other large office equipment.
The Right Lighting
Natural light helps improve your mood and your efficiency. Therefore, it’s important to open curtains and blinds without hassle. Then, choose sheer curtain and install a tie-back to maximize your sunlight exposure.
In terms of other lighting, choose functional fixtures and install soft white bulbs to add a sense of calm and peace.
While keeping a plant or two in your home office may seem unnecessary, this is hardly the case. In fact, a splash of green can give you a boost when you’re feeling stressed and overworked.
Choose indoor plants that require medium to low light and little maintenance like parlor palms and pathos. For a simple touch on your desk or end table, place a single bamboo shoot in a tall glass jar filled with water.
Bright Splashes of Color
The right paint colors can energize and inspire just about anyone. But even if you prefer a light gray or even white walls, this doesn’t mean you must resign to a dull, standard home office. Splashes of color are easy to incorporate and do wonders for work ethic.
If you’re prone to high levels of stress and are always trying to find balance as you work, try painting a wall blue or green. To increase your creative juices, try a splash of yellow or orange.
Even if you don’t want to commit to painting a wall (or the room) a vivid color, try adding personal touches such as artwork, functional pottery, or throw blankets to liven up your space.
A Good Place to Sit
You spend a lot of time at your desk, so make it work for you. Avoid cheap, uncomfortable chairs and shop for an office chair that fits your needs, budget and body type.
First, find a chair that adjusts to the height you need. Then, ensure you can sit comfortably in it for extended periods of time. Don’t forget to check the material, seat cushion, and armrest height to make sure it’s the perfect fit.
An office chair is a large investment, but it’s also a piece of furniture that will keep you comfortable and focused when you’re chugging along on a big project or relaxing after a long day.
It’s easy to overlook the importance of making a home office beautiful and functional. After all, it’s not a room that many guests or visitors ever enter. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t work for you.
By cleaning and brightening up your space, adding some color and greenery, and investing in a quality office chair, you’re well on your way to productive days!
Most people don’t want to get cocky. That’s why it can be difficult to identify yourself as a standout worker.
Of course, you don’t want to be arrogant, but it’s also important to know your worth. Requesting feedback is a good idea, but, depending on your circumstances and your boss’ managerial style, this can sometimes be difficult to do.
How, then, can you tell if you’re just doing OK, or killing it at work?
Here are 11 subtle signs that you’re actually an exemplary employee:
You get along great with your colleagues
Not only are you a delight to be around in the office, you’re an awesome team player. Plus, this probably means that you’re a great fit for the culture of your organization.
Good bosses love workers with integrity. You’re forthright with your boss and colleagues. You speak frankly and candidly. Most importantly, you don’t stoop to using nefarious means to get ahead.
In organizations with toxic cultures, honesty may be overlooked -; it might even get you in trouble. But when you’re in a company with a strong, ethical grounding, honesty tends to pay off in the long run.
You’re constantly improving yourself
In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit “Hamilton,” the titular Founding Father ascends to great heights by virtue of never being satisfied. (This drive also gets him into a bit of trouble, but let’s just ignore that for now.)
At a certain point, most of us settle for good enough. Truly stellar employees are never quite content. They’re constantly learning new things, trying new approaches, and striving to work smarter. They’re a bit restless and always seeking to improve themselves.
You hold yourself accountable
Again, in a workplace without integrity, doing this might be a bit of a disadvantage. But if you’ve got a decent boss, holding yourself accountable and taking on responsibility will likely go over well.
You’re not flashy. You’re like clockwork. You say you’re going to do something, and you do it right every time. You’re trustworthy and dependable, which makes you invaluable on important projects.
You rise above office politics
In corporate America, no one is 100% immune to office politics. Learning to navigate your workplace is an important part of succeeding at your job. (Unfortunately, too often this takes precedence over actually being good at your job.)
However, if you’re one of those people who can successfully sail through potentially contentious workplace situations without ever getting mired in the drama, that’s a good sign.
You mentor others
If others are looking to you for guidance, you can rest assured that they already see you as an excellent worker. You’re so good at your job that not only are you successful on your own, but you’re able to reach out and help others succeed as well.
You don’t sit around waiting to be told what to do. You go out, find problems, and then work to discover solutions. This allows you to seize each and every day.
You speak out
Effective communicators make for dream employees. You don’t bottle things up, and you express yourself clearly. That’s an important skill.
You finish what you start
Ambition and imagination are nothing without perseverance. You might have plenty of great ideas and plans, but if you don’t finish any projects, you’ll never be a standout worker.
Managers love people who communicate what they intend to do — and then actually go out and do it.
You’re a conscientious person
As Business Insider previously reported, being nice is good, but it won’t always get you ahead in the workplace. Employees who get noticed tend to be conscientious — characterized by being hardworking, persevering, orderly, and hungry for achievement.
Coming into work every day with a positive, conscientious attitude will allow you to establish yourself as a model employee.
I’m going to start job-hunting soon. I’m stuck in a dead-end job. It doesn’t pay enough, and I’m not learning anything new.
My problem is that my current job is incredibly boring. It’s not going to sound impressive on paper. How do I make my boring job sound interesting on paper?
Watch on Forbes:
Find the meaty, compelling aspects of your job and bring them out in your resume!
Here’s an example.
Arlen had a job where he created the same five reports every week. Arlen felt that the report creation part of his job was mindless.
He said “I could teach a six-year-old kid to create those reports. Anybody could do it.”
When he wasn’t creating reports, Arlen helped executives understand the information contained in his reports.
He spent hours with executives, explaining how to use his reports.
One day Arlen was told that the company was going to move its headquarters.
Arlen didn’t want to move to a new city just to keep his dead-end job.
Arlen was discouraged as he began his job search. “I’m afraid that employers aren’t going to want to interview me, because I have such an unimpressive job” he said.
Here’s how Arlen described his job in the first draft of his resume:
Acme Explosives, Phoenix, Arizona
- Create weekly reports on sales and marketing results.
- Serve as point of contact for executives on data reporting.
- Support Sales and Marketing team with special report requests.
Arlen wrote the first draft of his resume in the traditional, boring resume style I called Zombietastic Corporatespeak, because that’s what he had always been taught to do.
Once Arlen had a chance to unearth the stories behind the boring zombie language, his personality and talent began to come out:
Acme Explosives, Phoenix, Arizona
Acme Explosives is the southwest’s largest supplier of stick dynamite to the coyote market, with $10M in annual sales. I was hired to build Acme’s first Sales and Marketing data reporting and analysis function.
- I built Acme’s data reporting/analysis engine to supply executives with the daily dashboard metrics they used to make pricing, inventory and investment decisions
- Trained Acme’s executive team on data analysis and designed custom reports for their needs
- Served as the company’s expert on data collection, reporting and analysis
- Now that Acme is relocating outside the Phoenix area, I’m seeking a new challenge
Now Arlen doesn’t sound like a zombie anymore. He sounds like a person we might want to meet.
Now Arlen tells us what Acme Explosives is all about, and why the company hired him.
In the second version of his resume, Arlen doesn’t say “I created reports.”
Instead, he tells us what his reports were used for.
Arlen found a way to tell a story about his Data Analyst job.
He even told us in his resume why he’s job-hunting now.
Arlen lifted himself out of Zombietastic Corporatespeak mode to sound like a human being in his resume — and a smart and capable human being at that.
Arlen is ready to get out of his boring job, but it doesn’t sound boring on paper anymore.
Most importantly, Arlen doesn’t sound like a boring guy — good news, because he’s not a boring guy at all!
You can do the same thing Arlen did. Look past your daily tasks and duties to the “why” behind your work. Tell us in your resume why your job matters, and how you help your company achieve its goals.
Being incredibly awesome takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But it will all pay off! I am not telling you it is going to be an easy journey, but I am telling you it is going to be worth it. Give these seven tips a try and you will not be disappointed.
How To Be Awesome All The Time 🙂
1. Focus on being awesome.
Instead of focusing on the negative, concentrate on the positive. Positive thinking should become your way of life. This is not simply a cliché. When you are able to focus on the good there is an actual tangible benefit – your mind becomes more open to possibilities. Positive thinking stimulates the exploration and creation of new abilities that you can then harness to improve your life and generally enhance your awesomeness. Tell yourself to always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think you are and twice as attractive as you have ever imagined. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
2. Actively seek awesomeness.
Do whatever you need to do to take control of your life, whether it’s taking a walk, adopting healthier eating habits, meditating, spending some time with a close friend or simply drinking a cup of tea. Some people want it to happen, some people wish that it would happen, and other people make it happen. Strive to make awesomeness happen – but don’t just go through the motions. Give it your one hundred percent, best, all-out effort. Remember that the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
3. Banish non-awesomeness.
If you are occupied with negative emotions, unhappiness will follow. Negative thoughts eat away at you and leave no room for positive feelings. You close off your mind when you focus on the downside. First figure out what is dragging you down – you have already taken the first step to overcoming negative thinking.
It will be difficult at first, but you can learn to turn negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones. Treat this exercise in the same way you would treat any problem: assess, determine a plan of action and execute. This technique applies to any goal you have – whether it is finding a new job, losing weight or sticking to a budget. Constantly worrying without taking action is not productive. Take small, manageable baby steps at first, and set realistic, achievable goals. Let those small successes feed into your positive outlook and be the building blocks to your larger victory. Stay motivated – the moment that you are ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Do not give up on your path to incredible awesomeness.
4. Surround yourself with awesome people.
Consider who you want to have in your life, and how they may influence your well-being. If you feel that you are stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can help you put things into perspective and provide constructive, empathetic feedback.
Model yourself after awesome people. Learn about their achievements, and even more important – learn whatever you can from their mistakes. Chances are that they achieved awesomeness in their life through persistence and hard work, and you can do the same. Try to emulate their behavior as much as you can, and awesomeness will follow.
5. Remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Try to always be grateful for what you have. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have. Try not to forget that what you now have was once among the things you had only hoped for. If you can learn to appreciate what you have you will naturally be happier and be well on your way to ultimate awesomeness.
6. Do awesome things.
Be kind to your friends and family, whether it is reaching out to a loved one you have not spoken to who would love to hear from you, or offering to babysit your young nieces and nephews to help out their parents. Be kind to strangers. Pay attention to the needs and feelings of others, and offer help where you can. There are many simple things that you can do for others, from volunteering at a soup kitchen to just helping someone cross the street or shoveling their sidewalk. Doing these tasks will make you happier and feel better about yourself, as well as make the world a better place. It is always beneficial to take the focus off of yourself and think of others. Remember that something that costs you next to nothing may be a priceless gesture to the next person, and really make a meaningful difference in their life. Think your small act will not make a difference? Well – you definitely will not make a difference by doing nothing. Do something today that your future will thank you for.
It is such an easy thing to do. It may seem silly, but this simple act can take a small negative moment and turn it into a small positive moment. When you smile at the world, the world smiles back at you, and everyone feels better and more awesome than they were just a moment ago.
If you’re anything like I used to be, it wouldn’t even be noon on Sunday before I started dreading Monday morning. Sure, you’re a happy and positive person, and you may even be satisfied with your job and the people you work with. Either way, the drudgery and toil of a Monday work day makes you cringe a bit, and easily convinces you that the time on Sundays fly by far faster than any other day of the week. I used to feel that negative knot in my stomach every Sunday, and I realized it had become habit. My thought patterns looked like this: Sunday is here? Oh man, it’s almost Monday. Sigh.
These were pretty toxic thoughts that I needed to vanquish quickly.
While I know firsthand that there’s something so incredibly awesome about spending your weekends at home, with the ones you love doing whatever it is that you please (come on, who doesn’t want more of that?) Monday can, in fact, not suck. Monday can be amazing. It can be stress-free, productive without causing hair loss, and, believe it or not, you can actually look forward to it. Here are eight tips I used personally to spice up my Monday and make it far from dreadful. These apply to everyone — whether you’re working from home or going into the office, or maybe doing the daily routine of housework and kids.
1. Do something weekend-ish today. Go to happy hour, meet a friend (you don’t work with) for lunch, have game night, go on a date or go to a fun event like a movie or festival. Our brains get in extreme Monday mode and we overdo our efforts to get “caught up” and be super efficient. On Monday, do something you would normally reserve for weekends. Your Monday brain may go into shock, but you’ll be proud.
2. Wear something new or dress up. I know you’ve heard that dressing for the role will help you perform better and I hope you believe it. I work from home and truthfully, I don’t leave pajamas most days. Putting on “real clothes” and even some fun earrings makes me feel like I’m ready for Monday and excited to start the week.
3. Eat something different. At times, our dissatisfaction comes from our monotonous patterns. Guess what? You’re the owner of your life and if you want something to change, you need to make it happen. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or a snack at work, treat yourself to something brand new. Make it exotic, tasty and satisfying. I like to mix in guavas, sesame toasted seaweed, and even homemade hummus! These are the small things that get you moving through the day with a smile on your face.
4. Don’t scramble, just recoup. Monday snooze session. Monday traffic jam. Monday office drama. Monday to-do list that’s unbelievably sky high. Monday emails. Yup, I know what all of that looks like. Rather than trying to do everything on Monday, organize and prioritize. Sort your emails and projects by level of importance. Plan out what you can do the next day and for the rest of the week. We’re not “backed up” from the weekend. Weekend is off time! You are allowed to re-assign stuff, even if it’s to yourself. The quality of your work will improve, and your sanity will remain intact. BAM.
5. Change up the music selection. Create a brand new Pandora station or listen to your favorite song from 10 years ago. Again, these little pick me ups make all the difference. If you’ve never listened to music while you work, try it out. It’s not for everyone, but my stations definitely get me through the week.
6. Add a picture to your workspace. Print a pic from your phone, pick up a frame and stick it on your desk. It could be your spouse, your pet or your favorite place you’ve visited. Let your eyes fall on the things that you know make you happy. Change them up every now and then. This one is golden, trust me.
7. Hydrate. in a fun way. This may sound basic and even off topic but hear me out. Most people do not drink enough water. With the stress of a job, tending to clients, selling, answering phones and emails or whatever your job may entail, we often get distracted and simply forget! Keep water by you at all times and spice it up with something fun. I add frozen fruit, cucumbers or lemons to my water. Your brain will operate more smoothly and you’ll feel better overall moving Monday up on the awesome scale.
8. Smile and show thanks. This is something we should do no matter where we are. Remind yourself of your opportunities and show appreciation to anyone who has helped you get there, including yourself! I like to make fun little cards for my family and friends once a week. Maybe bring in some candy or treats for the people you work with. Get the positive juices flowing and remember, karma is a real thing.
9. Plan something to look forward to. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be Monday. In fact, I would recommend planning it for mid or later in the week. It feels so nice having something fun and exciting to look forward to outside of work. It doesn’t have to break the bank either. Have a family member over, visit your neighbor or play a game! Mr. Mike and I love playing Uno. fun times!
“Monday” isn’t the same day for everyone. Maybe it’s not the same day each week. Maybe it’s just the day you have meetings or appointments. Either way, make it awesome. You deserve to feel happy, grateful and light every day. I promise that one or all of the above will seriously help. Good luck!
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